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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organizations, business entities, or other institutions making films with the intent to educate. The AFA is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to documenting the history of this imprtant film genre, now endangered by the movement by many media libraries to divest their film collections. The AFA also engages in special research projects, and documents and collects films that consist of rare or unusual material relating to social conventions and mores.

The AFA's holdings consist of approximately 6,000 16mm films. A recent audit indicated that approximately 12% of the AFA's collection consists of films that are no longer in distribution.

The objective of the Academic Film Archive as it relates to the Internet Archive is to provide public access to films that are no longer in distribution, thereby contributing significantly to the history of film, society, and education.

Please click www.afana.org for more information including biographies and filmographies of significant academic filmmakers.

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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Alemann Films
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eye 1,169
favorite 10
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Johanna Alemann is believed to be the first woman filmmaker, operating as a sole proprietor, to run an academic film company in North America. Her focus was mainly on art. Her 'Nature as Impression' highlights Alemann’s painterly use of the camera to record nature scenes that she turns into cinematic impressionism. She includes an analysis of Impressionist paintings as they relate to color and shading in nature, focusing on Impressionists Manet, Monet, and Renoir, and Post-Impressionists...
Topics: painting, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism., nature, art
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Alemann Films
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eye 391
favorite 4
comment 0
Shows the transition in America from traditional designs in architecture and art to a unique, modern style. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Alvin J. Gordon
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eye 765
favorite 3
comment 0
Looks at the life of Leenya, a young Bush Negro of Surinam. Leenya uses the term "Bush Negro" to describe her people. Generally, women are topless, while men wear polo shirts. Shows peeling and detoxifying casaba and making it into flour and bread. Also features wood carving and a school boat. The film crew consisted of Alvin & Betty Gordon, and Austin & Rose Green
Topics: Surinam, South America
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BCC-TV
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eye 784
favorite 3
comment 0
Examines the nature of sound waves and demonstrates how to measure the speed of sound and diffraction and interference of sound waves.
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Berlet Films
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eye 231
favorite 2
comment 0
Presents a history of the greater sandhill crane, including the conservation efforts to save this once endangered species. For more on directors Walt and Myrna Berlet, visit http://www.afana.org/berlet.htm
Topic: birds
Academic Film Archive of North America
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eye 519
favorite 0
comment 0
Here, director Bernard Wilets crafts a legal argument set in a futuristic setting, in which a "Truth Machine" extracts past actions by reading minds. The film explains that the Fifth amendment protects the accused against coerced confessions, but questions what happens to this and other guarantees of the Constitution under the impact of advanced technologies. These are the questions argued by lawyers in this dramatic film with a purposely undecided ending. The prosecutor is played by...
Academic Film Archive of North America
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eye 840
favorite 2
comment 0
People from the future conjure these two ghosts from the past, who fade back into the past as the film ends. Here, Karl Marx and John D. Rockefeller debate their philosophies of private versus public ownership, free versus regulated markets, revolutionary versus evolutionary change. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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eye 511
favorite 1
comment 0
An open-ended film designed to stimulate discussion about integration of a school system. Shows the cleavages that develop in a community over a school busing plan. Explains that these differences of opinion have to do with cost and the integrity of the neighborhood school as well as with integration. At the school board meeting two whites argue pro & con of busing, two blacks do the same. For more on director Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Topic: busing
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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eye 563
favorite 0
comment 0
Examines the complexities of Constitutional freedom and guarantees. Discusses whether or not freedom of speech is absolute or should be controlled when it threatens law and order. Illustrates the discussion with the case of a neo-Nazi who speaks in front of a Jewish temple in praise of Hitler and in criticism of Jews. Filmmaker Wilets noted that several violent incidences occurred in classrooms regarding the appearance of Nazis in this film. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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eye 506
favorite 1
comment 0
An open-ended film designed to instigate discussion on what constitutes an unreasonable invasion of privacy, focusing on the Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure. Presents a case in which an electronic surveillance by the police at a bookmaking operation results in the issuance of a search warrant, arrests, and a pretrial hearing. For more on director Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
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eye 824
favorite 2
comment 0
The third of six films in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series. Bernard Wilets directed and wrote a number of outstanding dramas based on historical political figures in his 'Man and the State series, and this is perhaps our favorite, not only for the exceptional acting and writing, but also for the terrific surprise ending. Monarchist Edmund Burke, one of England's most articulate conservatives of the 18th century, and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, a leading radical and revolutionary of the...
Topics: Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, Richard Sheridan, debate, Man and the State
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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eye 1,309
favorite 1
comment 0
Presents elements that make the Russian folk music tradition beautiful and distinctive. Discusses the uses of music in Russian villages, cities, and churches and shows how modern music is being influenced by these traditions. Includes choruses, solo songs and costumed dances, and introduces the balalaika, panpipes and zhalieka. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Topics: balalaika, panpies, zhalieka
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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favorite 0
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Considers the conflicts over freedom of the press between the public's right to know, guaranteed by the First amendment, and the duty of all citizens to cooperate with criminal investigations to discover and punish wrongdoers. Shows how a reporter's protection of confidential sources can lead to important Constitutional conflicts over these issues. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
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In The sixth and final film in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series is a dramatization of the controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard...
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Topic: Man and State, Drama, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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Reviews the two main influences -- African and English -- on the development of American folk music. Traces the history of one ballad from its original British version through its journey across America to its emergence in the American West as the cowboy song, 'The Streets of Laredo,' and later in a Negro blues version entitled 'Saint James Infirmary. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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An open-ended film which shows lawyers arguing the constitutional issues concerning freedom of religion during an emergency hearing of a transfusion case in which the life of an unborn child is threatened because of the religious beliefs of the parents.
Academic Film Archive of North America
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In this film from Bernard Wilets' 'Man and the State' series, the director evaluates the conflicting views of Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover on economic policy, the Federal deficit, bureaucracy, and the role of the Federal Government in the lives of American citizens, as the two debate their reasons for acting or failing to act during the Great Depression. For more on Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Topics: FDR, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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favorite 0
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An open-ended film in which lawyers present their arguments concerning the due process of law clause of the fifth amendment during a hearing to reinstate a student who has been summarily suspended after an act of violence at a campus demonstration. Explains that the due process of law is, by its very nature, time consuming, whereas the need to avoid violence and anarchy is often immediate. Questions if there are times when due process should give way to summary punishment in violation of the...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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Follows two brothers, ages fifteen and eighteen, after their arrest, pointing up differences between adult criminal procedures and juvenile law. Asks whether it would be better if juveniles were treated as adults, subject to criminal sanctions but granted constitutional rights. Raises questions about the paternalistic character of juvenile justice and the constitutional issues involved in reform of the juvenile justice system. Filmed with the Seal Beach, California PD. For more on director...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets Productions.
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favorite 1
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Here, Bernard Wilets creates a game show, "Risk Your Reputation," a dramatization in which the two great generals of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, debate the issues that led to war and reveal the full horror of the protracted battles that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets, BFA
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eye 5,370
favorite 0
comment 0
An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli. This is a revision of...
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 1,175
favorite 4
comment 1
The melting pot of the Pacific is the settling for this story of a teenager whose ingenuity enables his proud grandfather to retain his precious way of life. See Suzuki represents not only the rich racial mix of his unique state, but also its hope for the future. Awards: Midwest Film Festival “ Merit Award”
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 12,694
favorite 26
comment 9
Set In Manhattan's Central Park, this film is the poignant story of a teenage girl's encounter with a homeless old woman (movingly portrayed by distinguished actress Mildred Dunnock) who carries all her belongings around in shopping bags. This encounter eventually leads to the girl's understanding of the problems of aging and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of their place in society. Actress Mildred Dunnock, who plays the homeless woman, was a former schoolteacher who didn't begin...
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Topics: Bert Salzman, homeless, elderly
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 3,162
favorite 7
comment 1
A young Apache boy is torn between the traditions of his heritage and the challenging life led by his cousin, who left the reservation to become an astronomer. The boy is also faced with deciding whether to keep a tribal artifact from his grandfather or trade it for a new TV. He does the latter in order to buy a birthday present for the grandfather. However, when Geronimo turns on the TV, the two are instantly reminded of the relationship of the Native American to contemporary society. The...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 2,718
favorite 8
comment 5
Miguel, a Puerto Rican boy has moved to New York City with his family. He finds his ability to speak English and Spanish puts him at an advantage in assisting his family in their new surroundings. Miguel later stretches his ingenuity to an extreme when, to put food on his family’s table, he goes fishing in the heavily polluted East River. A moving and amusing film with many suprises. Awards: Winner Columbus Film Festival; Best in Category Aired on CBS Childrens Film Festival Columbus Film...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 3,772
favorite 8
comment 3
For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 1,493
favorite 1
comment 1
Matthew's Uncle Isak comes to visit the family in Anchorage after undergoing harsh and unfruitful hunting conditions in the North. Uncle Isak's challenges in dealing with a more structured urban environment presents a problem for he and family. The story is poignant especially when told by the Eskimos in the film; at these times the faces of the narrators reveal their sorrow and unease even more than their words. Awards: Midwest Film Festival Merit Award. Alaska Council of Arts Award.
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 3,549
favorite 4
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A bilingual girl of Mexican-American parents has ambitions to be teacher. She gets early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. Awards: Columbus Film Festival : ”Best Film in category” Aired on CBS Children’s Film Festival
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BFA Films
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eye 207
favorite 0
comment 0
Akira, a Japanese-American youth, describes how it feels to be a part of two cultures. At home, traditional Japanese customs are practiced. At school and with his friends, he leads a typical American boy's life. Today, several decades later, Akira Tana is one of the best-known jazz drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area: www.akiratana.com
Topic: minorities
Academic Film Archive of North America
by British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.; Time-Life Films.
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eye 791
favorite 5
comment 0
Examines the nature of mechanical waves and how they travel.
Topic: physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.; Time-Life Films.
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eye 613
favorite 7
comment 0
Examines the properties of electromagnetic waves using those with a wavelength of 3 cm.
Topic: physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce And Katharine Cornwell
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eye 29,551
favorite 52
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'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm...
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Topics: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
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eye 30,886
favorite 52
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Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce Russell
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eye 15,511
favorite 40
comment 3
To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
Academic Film Archive of North America
by C. Ernest Cadle
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eye 7,170
favorite 16
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'Wild Men of the Kalahari' (1930) 30m, prod. C. Ernest Cadle. In one of the earliest "talking pictures" shot in South-West Africa (now Namibia), expedition leader and lecturer Dr. C. Ernest Cadle of the Cameron-Cadle expedition describes the Kung Bushmen as "among the most treacherous creatures on earth." He then "baited them as we would an animal" to gather them for camera shots, and noted their eating habits ("he doesn't chew, but simply swallows like a...
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Topics: bushmen, kalahari, namibia, etosha, san, hoefler
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carroll Films
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eye 13,482
favorite 7
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Shows the San Jose Mercury News of 1970 in all elements of production. Briefly shows the IBM 1130 mainframe computer (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/1130/1130_intro.html)
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Topics: publishing, media
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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eye 15,144
favorite 10
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The mechanized production of Duro-Test light bulbs is filmed as a dance to the tune of the Brandenburg, as choreographed filaments, glass, and metal combine in a dynamic finale. For more on Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: industrial, light bulb
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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eye 6,262
favorite 7
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This film is an account of the Talyllyn Railway, a historic narrow-gauge slate carrier in Tywyn, Wales, and its operation by a preservation society who saved it from being sold for scrap. Although the release date is 1965, it was actually filmed in the early 1950s. Academic Film Archive of North America director Geoff Alexander visited the railway in June, 2009 as part of the process of preparing the film for uploading: "Opened in 1865, the Talyllyn railway was the first narrow-gauge steam...
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Topics: train, narrow gauge, locomotive, Talyllyn
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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eye 9,899
favorite 37
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Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive. More on Davidson and his other films you can view at...
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Topics: experimental, jazz, dada, surrealism
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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favorite 8
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Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: quarry, Barre
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by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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eye 2,140
favorite 4
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The third in a series of films that Kit Davidson made on railways (the others are 'Third Avenue El' and 'Railway with a heart of Gold'), this film is staged on the Mount Washington (NH) cog railway. Winner of the Silver Medal,Venice Intl Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. For more on the filmmaker, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: Mt. Washington, cog railway, New Hampshire
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson
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eye 1,641
favorite 2
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A tour of Italy, with a view of the life of the Italian people. Follows a couple of bicyclists in the valley of Aosta, showing typical views of life in out of the way places. Included are a number of small portraits of Italians telling about working as an artistic blacksmith, interacting with visitors as a gondolier, and showing a historic home to interested strangers. Made for Alitalia Airlines. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit...
Topics: Italy, Travel, Alitalia, Blacksmith, Bicycling, Train
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson
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eye 2,271
favorite 9
comment 0
A portrait of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway in New York City in 1955. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. The music is Haydn’s Concerto in D, played by harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. Davidson was a great fan of Landowska, and the rights to the music were held by HMV, who told the filmmaker that he could use the music, provided Landowska gave her approval. Through her secretary, Davidson discovered that Landowska distrusted filmmakers, had only seen one film in her life (which she...
Topics: New York City, Trains, Elevated Railway
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson Productions
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favorite 2
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Kit Davidson here presents a satire in which the hero overcomes all obstacles against his rival to win a girl and ends in glorious victory. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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by Carson Davidson Productions
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eye 4,119
favorite 8
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Follow the step-by-step execution of a woodblock print by artist Lowell Naeve from initial sketch to completed edition. Emphasizes the unique qualities of the medium for creative expression. For more on director Carson Davidson, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: art, woodblock, printing
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Castle Films
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eye 1,317
favorite 5
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'Magicians of India' (1940?) 10m, uncredited director. This gem combines the best in colonialist attitudes with some truly amazing magic from the fakirs shot in real-time with no edits (we can't figure how they do it either).
Topics: magicians, India, fakirs, street performers
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Castle Films
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eye 528
favorite 2
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Lani McIntire and the Aloha Islanders, with legendary steel guitarist Hal Aloma, performing 'Holo Holo Kaa.' The Lani McIntire group was the resident band in the Hawaiian Room of the Hotel Lexington in New York from 1947 to1951, when McIntire passed away. A Hawaiian Swing classic. For another McIntire video, visit https://archive.org/details/KingKamehameha
Topics: soundie, steel guitar, Hawaii
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Charles L. Finance
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eye 7,557
favorite 12
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Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Charles L. Finance
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eye 6,084
favorite 5
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Combines beautiful animation sequences with live-action and documentary photography for a dramatic exploration of the role comets play in scientific research.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Claude Lelouch
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eye 42,152
favorite 35
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Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently...
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Topic: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B West
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This film examines the life and works of Norwegian-born artists Edvard Munch, accompanied by excerpts from his letters and writings, and illustrates important stages of his development with key works. For more information on filmmaker Clifford B. West, visit http://www.afana.org/westbio.htm
Topics: Edvard Munch, painting
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Born in 1863, the Norwegian artist watched his mother and sister succumb to tuberculosis by the time he was fourteen, leaving him with a deep foreboding of death, which colored his early canvases and works on paper. Munch was also haunted by the spectre of beautiful women, who he portrayed as vampires or dominant sexual forces, and characterized his perspective on new artistic technology by stating: "The camera cannot compete with the brush and the palette so long as it cannot be used in...
Topics: Edvard Munch, painter
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B West
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Born in Italy in 1915, Bertoia eventually moved to Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School, where he was introduced to metals, and moved on to the Cranbrook Academy, where he met fellow student Clifford West. Shortly after his marriage in 1943 (West was his best man), Bertoia moved to California at the behest of his friend Charles Eames, and collaborated on the design of the famous Eames Chair, produced by Knoll Associates. In the 1950s, he set up his own studio in Bally, Pennsylvania,...
Topic: Clifford B West
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by Clifford B. West
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Filmmaker and artist Clifford West here surveys the life and work of Arnold Blanch, showing him as a teacher and painter in Woodstock, New Jersey. West, who more than 25 films on artists and aspects of art history between 1958 and 1981, utilizes a camera-as-brush technique more in keeping with the approach taken by a painter than a filmmaker. West's serpentine zooms and pans emulate the non-linear way an individual looks at a piece, as opposed to the manner in which a more traditional...
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Topics: art, painting, fine arts
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by Clifford B. West
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Here, director Clifford B. West looks at the art of casting Renaissance bronzes as a historian, appreciator, critic, and craftsman. This film traces bronze from its discovery in Mesopotamia in the third millenium BCE to the 20th century. The film begins with historian Bruno Bearzi showing Donatello's modifications, and his 14 separate castings, on the colossal bronze of St. Louis of Toulouse at the Museo dell'Opera. Then, a visit to the Hades-like Fonderia Ferdinando Marinelli, where four...
Topics: Donatello, Museo Dell'Opera, Harry Bertoia
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by Clifford B. West
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Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he...
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Topics: poetry, experimental
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by Courter Films
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Shows how corn is ground into flour in a mill built in 1844, in Stillwater, New Jersey.
Topics: Lifestyles, American History
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by Dan Bessie
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'Unicycle: Looking at My World' (1976) 15m, dir. Dan Bessie. The world of 15 year old unicyclist Tony Marienthal includes visits to assist the elderly, learning new juggling tricks, and trying to make it home for supper. The film is a wonderful, idyllic "day in the life" film of a teen-ager. It's also somewhat bittersweet, as Tony Marienthal, who wanted his baby son to see this film, died at the young age of 51. It's uploading is being sponsored by his family, who'll show it at Tony's...
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by David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
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by David W. Ridgway
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This classic film is hosted by Glenn Seaborg, Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of Plutonium. Here, he features three principal chemists involved in the discovery and identification of the transuranium elements, Burris Cunningham, Stanley Thompson and Albert Ghiorso. The film reviews methods and techniques for discovery and identification of transuranium elements. One of the CHEM Study series of films.
Topics: chemistry, atom
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by Departmento de Instruccion Publica, Division de Educacion de la Comunidad
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This film presents the traditional music of Puerto Rico. Tracing the influences of various people of Puerto Rico on the music, the accents of "La Plena" are heard in the music of typical songs and are illustrated by the San Juan Ballet troupe. This rare film was made for the Puerto Rican government, and focuses on the "bomba" and "plena" song forms, and on the mountain jíbaro culture in which they thrive. Music is by Sindo Mangual y su grupo de pleneros, Mon...
Topics: Puerto Rico, jibaro, jíbaro
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by Dick McCutchen, Thomas Galvin
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Follows two Oklahoma wildcatters as they prepare to sink a well. Shows their drilling operations for the Big Chief Drilling Company in Garfield County, OK; Only 1 out of 9 wells are wet, and it takes them 22 days and 6,750 feet to figure it out.
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Topics: oil, petroleum, Oklahoma
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by Dimension Films
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Portrays the images and sensations evoked by a group of piglets sleeping, eating, and exploring a barnyard.
Topic: pigs
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by Dimension Films
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A cine-poem. Presents to primary and elementary school children the sights, sounds, beauty, and rhythm of rain as it comes to living things on a farm and to people in the city. Explains that rain is a source of the water which we use, and that it affects plants and other living things as well as people working in the community.
Topic: rain
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by Dimension Films
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A picture study of cows on a peaceful day in the pasture. Illustrates how they sound and presents close views of textures, colors, and shapes of cows and the activities of a new-born calf.
Topic: cow
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by Ed Schuman; Churchill FIlms
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Looks at life in Russia shortly before the disintegration of the Soviet Union from the perspective of a Moscow teenager named Alec. Discusses the ethnic diversity of the Soviet Union, the 15 different republics and the challenge of creating a market system and democracy. Discovers Alec's love of rock music, the importance of literature and warm friendships in his culture and how uncertain times affect a teenager's life.
Topic: Soviet Union
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by EDC (Education Development Center)
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Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical...
Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
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by Edith Sperry
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'Village Potters of Onda' (1966) 27m, dir. Edith Sperry. Shows the activities and ways of life of Japanese folk potters in Onda, a romote village in the mountains of North Central Kyushu, Japan. Presents a detailed account of traditional pottery - making techniques which have remained relatively unchanged for more than250 years. 9 families in village make pottery, including Sakamoto, Yunase (sp?), Kokakuro (sp?). Techniques originated in Korea. Use a total of 7 glazes, kiln is fired every two...
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Topics: pottery, Japan, craft
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by Educational Services Inc
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Harrison Brown discusses the significance of long time intervals and describes how radioactive dating arrives at an estimate for the age of the earth. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: PSSC, physics
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by Educational Services Inc
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Illustrates how kinetic energy is transferred from one body to another through elastic collisions. Defines concepts concerning stored energy, elastic, collision, and potential energy. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topics: pssc, physics
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by Educational Services Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Professor Richard H. Bolt discusses sound wave phenomena, how sound travels, and how it is reflected. The film demonstrates that sound is a wave phenomenon and thus can also move around barriers. Also the film shows how sound waves can be refracted through a lens. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Dr. Alfred G. Redfield performs a simplified Millikan experiment photographed through the microscope. Substituting standard spheres for oil drops, he demonstrates the effect of X-rays and the relationship of the charge to the velocity of the spheres. Professor Francis L. Friedman explains that charge comes in natural units that are all alike, and points out numerous changes of charge. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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MIT Professor John G. King uses the photomultiplier and the oscilloscope to demonstrate that light shows particle behavior. He describes the photmultiplier, demonstrates amplification, and discusses the reasoning required to understand the final outcome. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
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by Educational Services, Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Dorothy Montgomery uses a Leybold tube to measure the curvature of the path of the electrons in a magnetic field and thus determine the mass of the electron. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topics: pssc, physics